Entrepreneur magazine has named Auntie Anne's one of the country’s top global franchises. The iconic soft pretzel company ranks among the top franchises expanding internationally as part of the annual Top Global Franchise list, a comprehensive selection of the top 200 global franchise systems.

The ranking was formulated based on specific criteria, and only companies seeking new franchisees outside the U.S. and with a minimum of five open international locations were considered for this list. To compile the ranking, Entrepreneur started with each company’s 2015 Franchise 500 score—based on objective, quantifiable criteria including system size, growth, and financial strength and stability—then adjusted to give extra weight to international size and growth.

“We are so proud of the success the Auntie Anne’s team has seen as we continue to expand the brand to countries across the globe and are grateful to be named a top global franchise,” says Heather Neary, vice president of global marketing at Auntie Anne’s Inc. “New international Auntie Anne’s locations have continued to prove the concept’s ability to adapt in various cultures by almost instantly creating new loyal fan bases. Looking ahead, Auntie Anne’s has set its sights on additional international development opportunities over the next year.”

Auntie Anne’s is currently in 48 states and more than 30 countries and was ranked no. 34 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2015 Franchise 500. Looking ahead, Auntie Anne’s has set its sights on further international development.

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